Studio/Creator: Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki
Distributor: Buena Vista
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Suggested Age: 7+
My Rating: 9/10
Summary: This story is set in Roaring Twenties Italy. Its hero is Porco, a bounty hunter who is on the run because he refuses to conform to the emerging fascist government. His constant victories over the Momma Aiuto Gang has caused them to employ an American pilot named Donald Curtis, who like Porco is vying for the affections of Gina, a woman who owns a bar that has become frequented by pilots and pirates alike. While getting his plane repaired, Porco is helped by a young woman named Fio, the granddaughter of his mechanic.
Review: This is a Ghibli movie that kind of stands out. It’s not a grand fantasy like Nausicaa or Princess Mononoke. It’s not a quiet, pleasant slice-of-life piece like Whisper of the Heart. However, either way, it’s still worth a look. Porco is a scoundrel, but a loveable one. While Curtis is the antagonist, I’d hesitate to call him evil. He’s only in it to woo Gina, who couldn’t care less about him. The Momma Aiuto gang is funny. If you want to see just how different Ghibli’s library can get, this is something to pick up.
Sub/Dub: As typical of Disney’s treatment of Ghibli, this has a pretty star-studded cast. Porco is played by Michael Keaton, and Cary Elwes (of The Princess Bride fame) voices Curtis.
Music/Score: It’s not Joe Hisashi’s best work, but I still liked it.
Violence: (3/10) There’s some dogfights here and there and a rather silly fistfight at the end.
Related Media: There is a manga and a proposed sequel is in the works.